Displaying items by tag: spinal chiropractic therapy

Tuesday, 25 July 2017 07:43

Spinal Adjustment: Can It Help Back Pain?

Did you know that at any given time, 31 million Americans experience low-back pain? In fact, low back pain is the leading cause of disability worldwide according to Global Burden Disease 2010. Furthermore, as asserted by the American Chiropractic Association (ACA), back pain is the most common reason for missed work and the second most common reason for doctor office visits. Some estimate that up to 80% of the population will experience some sort of back problem at one point or another in their lives. You may be one of the millions who suffer from back pain, and you may be wondering if a spinal adjustment can help you.

What Causes Back Pain?

The back is an extraordinarily complicated and amazing structure made up of bones and muscles. Contrary to popular belief, the majority of back pain cases are not caused by serious conditions such as infection, fracture or arthritis. Many cases are mechanical in nature. For instance, the simplest of movements, like bending over for a ball at the park, and even poor posture can have painful results. In addition, we have all heard about injuries or accidents resulting in back pain, but conditions such as obesity and even the stress of everyday life can further complicate back pain.

Spinal Adjustment for Back Pain

Spinal adjustment/manipulation or chiropractic adjustment is a safe and effective spine pain treatment. Moreover, this treatment is non-invasive, drugless and in some cases an alternative to surgery. Some benefits of spinal adjustment range from temporary pain relief, to long term wellness and preventative care. As defined by the International Chiropractor’s Association (ICA), spinal adjustment is the specific thrust applied to the spine, or vertebra, using the spine itself and other parts of the body as levers to correct any malposition.

Who practices Spinal Adjustment?

Spinal adjustment is part of the larger health care profession known as chiropractic, which as a whole focuses on disorders of the musculoskeletal and nervous system. Doctors of Chiropractic (DCs) are trained to deal with not only back pain but also neck pain, joint pain, and headaches. Additionally, DCs are trained to provide and recommend therapeutic and rehabilitative exercise as well as nutritional and lifestyle counseling. Rest assured, DCs are trained and licensed professionals that go through extensive undergraduate studies and years of graduate-level work and train extensively at accredited chiropractic institutions.

Spinal adjustment is a well-known therapeutic procedure. If you seek to restore your mobility, alleviate your pain and muscle tightness call or book an appointment with Ideal Health Chiropractic today!

Published in Spinal Adjustment
Thursday, 29 September 2016 08:58

Sports Chiropractic Therapy

Chiropractic services are extremely beneficial for sports performance as well as sports injury recovery. According to the Professional Football Chiropractic Society, the average professional football chiropractor makes 30-50 adjustments in a week during the football season. Hopefully that demonstrates how integral sports chiropractic therapy can be to the average athlete. Here, we'll dive into some of the benefits this therapy option has to offer.

Common Sports Injuries

Though golf, cycling, and swimming are low-impact sports, they still can cause significant strain on the body through the repetitive movements they require. Shoulders, back, and elbow strains are fairly common in these sports. High-impact sports, on the other hand, can cause a variety of injuries in wrists, shoulders, necks, backs, knees, and hips.

It is important to know that not all injuries are instant. Some injuries can take years to present, with the body naturally compensating for the weakness until we reach a threshold of pain and it gets our attention.

Sports Chiropractic Therapy Benefits

Improved mobility is one of the greatest benefits of chiropractic therapy. Tense and overused muscles can cause a lot of pain and restriction in the body. Spinal and full body adjustments help release the muscle tension surrounding the body’s joints. For an athlete, consistent chiropractic therapy is vital to improving mobility and prevent injuries. In fact, chiropractic treatment increases blood circulation which promotes strength and endurance in muscle performance.

Modes of Sports Chiropractic Therapy Treatments

A chiropractic intervention for athletic injuries can include one or multiple treatment techniques.

Kinesio Tape

Kinesio tape can be applied to the affected area to help stabilize skeletomuscular injuries without restricting movement. Kinesio tape helps athletes keep moving without a stiff brace to hinder their play.

Ultrasound & Electric Stimulation for Sports Recovery

Ultrasound and electric stimulation can be used together to release tightened muscles and provide relief to pain.

Acupuncture & Sports Injuries

Acupuncture pinpoints anatomical areas and stimulates them with tiny needles to promote healing. Acupuncture can also aid in digestion issues and even sleep problems. The needles aren’t painful and provide an effective drug-free therapy for athletes.

Ideal Health Chiropractic does more than just adjust your spine. We can provide several different healing modalities to get you back to your peak performance.

Are you an athlete in need of injury prevention adjustments? Or an athlete that is in pain and is interested in reducing that pain to get back in action? Contact Ideal Health today to set up an appointment.

Published in Why Chiropractic?